Our dining room faces the front of the house and it one of the first rooms you see when you walk in. It’s not a large room but by using the vintage sofa and adding more chairs around the 60″ table I can seat (squeeez) up to 10 people.
Last year I made new floor length curtain panels, finished new sheers earlier this year and painted over the glazed walls 2 weeks ago. More about the new paint below.
While fairly simple, this dining room update was at least a year in the making!
The previous window treatments and sheers had served me well but I was more than ready for something new.
The new floor length panels are made from a very inexpensive polyester that has a subtle irridescent sheen that mimics the look of silk taffeta. I’d put the color in the gray-green-taupe family as it tends to change colors with the light and even appears to have a blue cast at times.
I adore this sheer floral! The embroidered flowers keeps the more tailored panels from being too serious for this very informal room.
Along the upper edge of the sheers I created a casual pleat with 3 folds and sewed on the rings.
I didn’t want to be able to see a traditional ivory lining from the street so I used dark brown. The dark lining blends into the shadows and allows the sheers to be the focal point from outside.
Window is 60″ wide.
Floor length panels – 4 widths of fabric, 2 widths per panel, 9 french pleats per panel.
Cafe curtain – 4 widths of fabric, 2 widths per panel, 8 double pleats per panel.
2″ metal rings & 1/2″ rod for cafe curtain. 2″ wood rings & 1-3/8″ rod for panels.
Sheer Fabric – fabricresource.com, Nelms – color taupe.
Polyester – fabricresource.com, unmarked fabric – name & color unknown.
I had just enough fabric left over to make a new curtain for the laundry room. I repainted this room several months ago but paint and a new curtain is as far as I’ve gotten with it’s makeover.
The new paint is Benjamin Moore’s Embassy Green. It’s another gray-green-taupe that tends to change colors in the light. It definitely has a green undertone but can appear taupe-gray as well. We’re slowly but surely repainting our way through the house.
The previous wall color is Sherwin Williams Whole Wheat, seen above on the ceiling and used under the glaze.
It’s a very subtle change but a fresh change and I love it!